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17 May 2013 @ 01:43 am
Friend? FRIEEENNNDDDD!!!!  
I'm going to do a double post because I finished up watching both the season finale of Elementary as well as the latest episode of Hannibal and the theme going for both episodes was about friendship.


Right, so let me just reiterate that my mind is a bit blown that the show actually went there and made Irene Adler and Moriarty the same person. I've been mulling this over for about an hour now and I still can't decide if I'm happy or angry about it. Really.

The show somehow managed to keep Adler as a love interest for Sherlock Holmes and yet allowed her to have her own sense of agency by making her the supervillain that Sherlock's been hunting down for longer than even he knew. A part of me is pleased that she got to be more than just the love interest (aka BBC's Sherlock) but again, I just don't know what to think about the show ending with her getting defeated. Because in the end, she did have feelings for Sherlock. Comparatively, this isn't as insulting as say, Irene needing Moriarty to help her beat Sherlock and then in the end needing Sherlock to rescue her. I mean, that storyline set the bar pretty damn low. So this feels better. But is it really too much to ask that we get a modernization where we see Irene Adler defeating Sherlock Holmes and getting away with it? I know Elementary sort of sidestepped this issue by showing us for basically an entire season that Adler/Moriarty's machinations basically turned Sherlock into a broken drug addict for period of time. So in a sense she HAD beaten him. But...again, I just don't know. I'm still trying to decide if I find this good, bad, or just okay-and-better-than-disasterous.

The biggest bright spot for the series finale and the show overall was the continuing pitch-perfect partnership of Holmes and Watson. Again, never fell within the area of sexual tension, despite other characters asking about it. I loved how both Joan's friend and Moriarty tried to see if Joan's attachment to Sherlock and vice versa was sexually driven and they both got shot down for it. I loved Sherlock's outburst about how he stopped himself from taking drugs because he couldn't stand the idea of Watson's disappointment. And I adored that it was Watson's idea of how to catch Moriarty and Sherlock gave her the credit for it. And last and certainly not least: HE NAMED A BEE SPECIES AFTER HER. Excuse me while I flop over in a puddle of squishy warm feelings. There's something wonderfully sentimental but not at all cloying about that gesture. It so befits both Watson and Holmes that the latter would name a new, unique species of insect that should never have existed after the former. It's perfection. Like this partnership and the way the actors portray it.

Thank you, writers of Elementary for giving us one of the best partnerships ever on TV. Never change it. Never.

Hannibal's latest episode wasn't quite as rainbows and sunshine. It never is. But for a show like that, this was probably the closest we'll ever get to an episode that'll provoke some warm, gooey feelings from viewers.


Again, the biggest and most engrossing theme in this one was about friendship. A part of me did sort of want Hannibal and Tobias (hi, Raphael!!) to become friends. As Hannibal told his therapist, they have common hobbies (*snerk*). But even I could tell from the moment Tobias made it clear he wanted to be friends, it was never going to work. There would be WAY too much competition. And Hannibal understands all too well probably why Tobias does what he does. And that makes him a little boring. So instead there's Will Graham.

I continue to be completely fascinated by Hannibal's bizarre attachment/obsession/fondness for Will. For most people, when you like someone and want to be their friend, you just grab a drink and chat about your day or something. Maybe see a movie together. But apparently in Hannibal's world, if you like someone and you want to be their friend, you send the object of your affection into the lair of a serial killer to see if they're smart enough to get out of it and thus be worthy of being your friend. It's twisted and cruel and yet Hannibal seems so plaintive when it comes to wanting to be Will's friend that I almost can't reconcile how such actions are coming from him. It's sort of brilliant because this is what he does. He's a genuine person who makes NO SENSE WHATSOEVER. At least not to us mere non-serial killer, non-cannibalists.

We also got to finally see Hannibal murder someone for real on screen. I knew Franklyn's days were numbered but I wasn't sure how it was going to go. I liked how Hannibal actually gave Franklyn an exit but seemed to change his mind once he a) got annoyed with Franklyn's long ass speech about friendship and b) wanted to deny Tobias the pleasure of doing it himself. I swear he did the latter because he was angry at Tobias when he thought Tobias had murdered Will. How...sweet?

And then we had the serial killer battle royale. I don't think I blinked the entire time Tobias and Hannibal brawled all over his office. The fighting was so wonderfully classy. It was surprisingly quiet with only a few grunts and groans despite a letter opener going into Hannibal's leg and Tobias getting headbutted. I liked how neither of them ever looked frightened during the whole thing. Just completely and utterly pissed off.

The episode ends with Will again being the slightly more restrained one when it comes to expressing any kind of emotion or concern for Hannibal. But the latter's expression of such feeling is negated by the fact that he's pretty much lying about everything. So DOES he really care about Will? Or is it more just a bizarre obsession? His description to his therapist about how he finds Will comforting because Will has the capacity to really understand him seems genuine. But does that translate into actually caring about Will versus just...you know, wanting to have him like one might want a butterfly in their collection?

I don't know. I don't know and I'm desperate to find out.
 
 
 
Liliaethliliaeth on May 17th, 2013 05:55 pm (UTC)
Thing is though, Irene did get away with defeating Sherlock. For years. With the way she faked her death, which led to his addiction, and eventually to the way he went after Moran, nearly losing his own morality all over her. That was her victory. She won the first round.

But what made her lose is the same thing that made her a villain in the first place. She had a need to gloat, to see her success and once Sherlock started to recover, she wanted to break him again. And she wasn't beaten by Sherlock, she was beaten by Joan, another woman.

In short, Irene got to be the one person who's not just Sherlock's equal, but as the series showed, was smarter than him. And who only got defeated because of Joan Watson being even smarter than her
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 18th, 2013 02:56 am (UTC)
And who only got defeated because of Joan Watson being even smarter than her

This is an excellent point and the one that sort of makes this storyline okay for me. Because it's true. In the end, Sherlock never got to defeat her but rather Watson.
aelfgyfu_mead: Joan Watsonaelfgyfu_mead on May 17th, 2013 11:29 pm (UTC)
The way I see it, Irene did beat Sherlock, so I wasn't disappointed there. Irene didn't beat Joan. Her mistake was underestimating the woman she dubbed the "mascot." When they're working alone, Irene can totally beat Sherlock. She did so repeatedly: she seduced him, he never guessed who she really was, her faked death threw him into a tailspin, she came back into his life without him figuring it out for days, when he realized that she was lying she made him doubt himself so that she could get away, she carried out the killings: Irene totally won that matchup.

But Sherlock plus Joan can beat her. Irene was overconfident—as indeed was Sherlock. It's not even that Watson gave him the advantage; she gave him the win. As a team, they're unbeatable, and that doesn't mean that Irene Adler isn't smarter than Sherlock Holmes. I think she is, and she's smarter than Joan, but she's not smarter than the two of them working together.

I also suspect she won't stay behind bars. Yeah, what they have is pretty much a confession, but with her connections, I would be surprised if she never did any of the following:
• put pressure on someone to get bail and then ran,
• at least tried to fix her own trial,
• engineered a jailbreak.
She only needs to be successful at one of those three to be back in the game. Sherlock and Joan have certainly won at this time, but I'm not certain it's over.

I think we got a really powerful Irene/Moriarty, one who pulled off an amazing amount, and I'm not disappointed. (Maybe it helps that I was braced for disappointment and was very pleasantly surprised.)

The partnership is what makes it for me. Although I did say that if the OD killed Sherlock, I'd totally watch The Joan Watson Show! I'd miss the dialogue, though. She's at her best with Sherlock. I loved her being the doctor and taking care of Sherlock and being the force that kept him from taking the painkillers, and I loved her facing down Moriarty unafraid. (Oh, another BBC shout-out that I forgot in my last list of them! That was beyond borrowing: the beautiful woman in the black car who kidnaps an unfrightened Watson is homage to the BBC series.) I loved Joan being the one to catch the significance of the yellow paint and the way she pursued the case with or without Sherlock.
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 18th, 2013 02:59 am (UTC)
But Sherlock plus Joan can beat her. Irene was overconfident—as indeed was Sherlock. It's not even that Watson gave him the advantage; she gave him the win. As a team, they're unbeatable, and that doesn't mean that Irene Adler isn't smarter than Sherlock Holmes. I think she is, and she's smarter than Joan, but she's not smarter than the two of them working together.

I totally agree. It's the teaming of them that creates something Adler alone cannot defeat. And the show's always been about the partnership of Holmes and Watson rather than JUST Holmes' story or Watson's.

I really enjoyed the last shot of them staring at the new bee species together on the roof and just the way they were: looking content and settled. It's such a far cry from what we saw of Joan at first, waking up alone and going through the motions of the day; Sherlock using prostitutes and staring at TV shows to learn tricks to interact with humans. They're better together than they were before they met.
aelfgyfu_mead: Joan Watsonaelfgyfu_mead on May 18th, 2013 05:07 pm (UTC)
Yes, they are happy! They're both better than before, and I loved that he named the new species after her (though I was not at all surprised).
quickyfant: crazy!Tenquickyfant on May 18th, 2013 01:26 am (UTC)
I havent watched Elementary season finale!!! I am so looking forward to it! So I skipped over your part describing Elementary! :)

I instead watched yesterdays Hannibal!!! Ahhh I am so obsessed with that show!!! I am still O_o at Hannibal for: But apparently in Hannibal's world, if you like someone and you want to be their friend, you send the object of your affection into the lair of a serial killer to see if they're smart enough to get out of it and thus be worthy of being your friend.!!! Its so twisted, I am so loving it! I was fearing how they would do this show if it was going to be just for the sake of gore and blood, but its becoming my favorite show so far! :) I am glad that I can read about you liking it also! :)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 18th, 2013 03:01 am (UTC)
its becoming my favorite show so far! :) I am glad that I can read about you liking it also! :)

I am OBSESSED with this show. I haven't been reviewing it as much on LJ because I didn't think anyone on my flist watched it due to gore and...well, the gore. But I'm so in love with everything about this series. I'm so glad you're watching it as well!
quickyfant: smilequickyfant on May 18th, 2013 03:14 am (UTC)
Yes I am watching it, and is it wrong to like something like their "friendship" so much knowing its doomed? :S :S :S

I was thinking if subconsciously Hannibal send him to almost killed by another psychopath to see if Will will survive him? As to not get invested in a friendship with someone who will be easily killed? I dont know! I could just watch this show for the creepiness when Hannibal has dinners and for Will and Hannibal talking...about anything! :S :)

Well I am also glad you are watching and enjoying it! :)
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 18th, 2013 03:17 am (UTC)
I was thinking if subconsciously Hannibal send him to almost killed by another psychopath to see if Will will survive him? As to not get invested in a friendship with someone who will be easily killed? I dont know!

I also had the idea that maybe Hannibal was testing himself. Like he was going to test how he would feel should Will die. The fact that he did look genuinely pleased Will had survived may be a marker for himself that he really does want to be Will's friend. But again, I just don't know. I can't tell what's real and what's fake!
quickyfant: smilequickyfant on May 18th, 2013 03:21 am (UTC)
Its like when he talks to Alana Bloom I dont know when she might end up on the table! :S He is played so well! :S I never know! Its like when he was seen entering Wills home and giving sausages to his dogs, I had my OMG he is already breaking and entering and stalking Will in true serial killer fashion, and then we found out Will asked him to feed his dogs! :) I love the way they are doing this show!
formerly lifeinsomniacjoonscribble on May 18th, 2013 03:23 am (UTC)
The ONLY thing I'm sure about is whenever he has guests over for dinner, some part of that dinner is people.

I love all the scenes with him and Will doing therapy. It scares me a little that Hannibal is actually a pretty good therapist. If I didn't know he was killing in his spare time, I'd almost want him to be mine.
quickyfant: smilequickyfant on May 18th, 2013 03:28 am (UTC)
Well he seems to do well with most of his patients, but now we see that he has no issues killing them too, even in his own office and getting away with it! :S ;)

I am just so happy we still have more episodes left and I so really hope it gets a second season! :S :)

Now I will take my leave and watch Elementary! Will be back to be able to squee at what you wrote about it! ;) :)
X-parrotxparrot on May 18th, 2013 11:17 am (UTC)
Heeee I still can't believe they actually went there with Irene! Having spread your crazy idea among my roommates, all of us started shrieking with joy when the guy said "she"! It's so perfect, on every level - it gives her agency and power, and lets her remain The Woman and central to Sherlock's being without at all interfering with Watson's significance.

And like the other commenters, while I was deeply disappointed with the utter defeat of BBC Sherlock's Irene (...tbh Belgravia pretty much was the last nail in the coffin of the show, for me :/) this made up for it and then some, because Irene *did* defeat Sherlock; it was Joan who defeated her, who saw the way to victory when Sherlock was lost. Plus Irene's lawyer is nervous but considering they're working for Moriarty they are going to be very, very motivated; I don't count on her even going to prison (and not staying there for long if she does - or else using it entirely to her advantage, as a good mastermind should!) Either way she has to come back for Reichenbach (though my hope is that it's Watson she'll take the fall with. Though someone pointed out elsewhere on my list that really Irene has already put Sherlock through the grief that Holmes traditionally puts Watson through...)

And the bee-named, AWWWWWWW. And Joan sits and watches her bee. AWWWWW!!!